When Was the Gilded Age?


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The Gilded Age refers to the late 19th century in U.S. history, from approximately 1870 to 1900. This was a period of both rapid economic growth and serious social problems.

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During the Gilded Age, the United States experienced rapid increases in industrialization and urbanization, as well as innovations in science and technology; however, it was also a period of widespread poverty and political upheaval, particularly in the Southern states. 1873 and 1893 marked two economic depressions that affected the entire nation. The term itself was coined by Mark Twain in his book "The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today," published in 1873.

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